Rob Osler writes the Hayden & Friends contemporary mystery series featuring a rainbow of kick-ass characters. With Devil’s Chew Toy, Rob coined the term, “Quozy Mystery,” giving a unique label to the colorful sub-genre of cozy mysteries featuring LGBTQ+ main characters. The debut is a 2023 Lefty and Agatha Awards nominee for best first novel. The sequel, Cirque du Slay is slated for publication Spring 2024.

Rob’s short story, Analogue, published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, won the 2022 ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD for best short story by a debut author as part of the Annual Edgar Awards presented by Mystery Writers of America.

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Rob attended college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. Years later, he earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Washington. Rob was a copywriter and senior brand strategist at leading global agencies and corporations before turning to fiction writing. After many years of living in Chicago and Seattle (the setting for the Hayden & Friends series), Rob resides in California with his long-time partner and a tall, gray cat.

Rob is represented by Stephany Evans at Ayesha Pande Literary.


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